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News, 2012

Spirit of the Sea, Stromness

In a new event for Stromness, where all things maritime are celebrated, the band performed for locals and visitors to the town. We look forward to this event in the future and hope every one enjoyed the various attractions.

Pitlochry Highland Games

On Friday 7th September the band set out on the overnight ferry to Aberdeen to attend the Pitlochry Highland Games. The band took part in the march up the high street on Saturday Morning and competed in the open Grade 4 contest in the afternoon. Since there was no time for the band to play up into Grade 3 the band took the unorthodox decision to play the more complex Grade 3 set in Grade 4. The band ended up 3rd overall with a 1st in the piping section. This was first time playing a Grade 3 medley selection as full band and it is believed to be the first time a band from the far North of Scotland has competed with a Medley as a full unit. The event also marked the introduction to the band of 4 new members, well done Helen, Ken, Jimmy and James! The band is delighted with the performance and are looking forward to taking this experience and progress into the 2013 competition season. A selection of still photos and videos of the day can be found by following this link: Stromness RBL at Pitlochry on YouTube


Tall Ship Pogoria, Stromness

One year on from the Tall Ships race visit to Stromness the Polish vessel Pogoria returned to Stromness. The band played for the crew and VIP guests in an unfortunate Stromness style downpour, can only be seen to be believed!


Intercounty Football, Orkney Vs Shetland

On July 28th the band played for the annual Intercounty football between Orkney and Shetland. The biannual event in Orkney is the second time the band has played the players to the field and performed at half time. Well done to Orkney for winning the match 3-1.


Stromness Shopping Week

For the third time in the band's history, Stromness were the main Pipe Band for Shopping Week, where there is usually a visiting band in attendance. The band played at the opening of the event, various engagements throughout week and led the main parade on the final night. A great week had by all.


Another busy two week ends for the band, Legion Jubilee, Hoy Half Marathon, Armed Forces Day, Eday 5 a sides, and Sanday Soulka

On Friday 15th the band undertook a street parade and performance within the Legion club to help the Stromness RBL club celebrate the Jubilee. On the Sunday band members and family took part in the Hoy Half Marathon to raise funds for the band, many thanks to all those who sponsored up. The following Saturday (June 30th) the band played with Kirwall City Pipe Band for the Armed Forces Day and in the evening travelled to Eday to play for the 5 a side football tournament with band members also playing football for one of the entered teams. The following day the band travelled to Sanday to play at the Sanday Soulka.


Jubilee Celebrations, and an Olympic Torch

THe Stromness Pipe Band took part in both the Stromness (Monday 4th June) and Shapinsay (Saturday 9th June) Jubilee celebrations as well as playing the Olympic Torch arriving in Orkney (June 10th) with our good friends the Kirkwall City Pipe Band. This rounded off an extremely busy period for the band.


Orkney Folk Festival

For the sixth year running the Stromness Pipe Band opened the Orkney Folk Festival (May 31st). The full band and various members (minibands, solo performances etc) took part in numerous performances throughout this busy week end, packed with fantastic music from many good friends, including a joint parade with our good friends from the Kirkwall City Pipe Band. The band also managed to squeeze in a street march to mark the Dedication of the New Dounby Community Church also with members from the Kirkwall City Pipe Band.


Winning performance from the Grade 3 North of Scotland Minibands uploaded to YouTube.

Many thanks to band member Ian MacDonald for recording the band's winning performance in Grade 3 at the North of Scotland Minibands which is now viewable on youtube by following the link: Stromness RBL on YouTube


Stromness continue competition success

On April 28th Stromness RBL travelled Elgin to compete at the RSPBA North of Scotland branch Minibands in Grade 4A and Grade 3. As usual the competition was well attended so the band was delighted to return with 2nd prize in Grade 4A and 1st prize in Grade 3. The band was also awarded the best drum corps in Grade 4A. This performance was even more impressive considering Leading Tip Cliff Seatter is currently based in Aberdeen for college and one of the pipers based in Inverness meaning the band's first practice together was essentially on the morning of the contest. The full results from this fantastic achievement can be found on the RSPBA NoS web site.


Stromness start 2012 competition season on a high

On March 24th Stromness RBL travelled Elgin to compete at the RSPBA North of Scotland branch quartets in Grade 4A and Grade 3. As usual the competition was well attended so the band was delighted to return with 1st prize in Grade 4A and 1st prize in Grade 3.This was the first time the band has played the new RSPBA MSR which was very well received. The band also picked up the new RAF Kinloss trophy for the new Grade 4A event as well as returning the Grade 3 trophy back to Stromness for the second year running. The full results from this fantastic achievement can be found on the RSPBA NoS web site.

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